Family, friends, faith, a roof over my head, food to eat — and a chance to lead the best city in Wisconsin into a promising future.
I have a lot to be thankful for. But today I give thanks to volunteers.
To do it, I share the letter I wrote for the cover of the South Milwaukee Neighborhood Guide that just arrived in the mail.
I mean every word of it, from the bottom of my heart.
In this season of giving thanks, I give thanks to all of the volunteers who work tirelessly to make South MIlwaukee a better place. Their spirit is inspiring.
There are so many people who do so much for our city.
Groups like our Friends, unwavering advocates for our parks and parkways. And Growing Power, which is working to bring a community garden to South Milwaukee in 2016.
Organizations like Human Concerns, Interfaith and our local churches, which protect our most vulnerable citizens. Or the South Milwaukee Downtown Market Committee, which has helped build a truly special community event that is at the heart of our downtown revitalization efforts.
Our veterans work in a variety of ways to honor those who have served, and those who have paid the ultimate price for our country. Our local employers drive volunteerism, too, making giving back part of how they do business in South Milwaukee.
Then there are our youngest residents, like our Scouts, who have made community service core to their mission. South Milwaukee students also step up regularly. From fighting breast cancer with Pink Day activities to cleaning up our parks — I still remember the dozens of high school track athletes who turned out at Grant Park last spring — our youth are making a difference.
Volunteers also play a key role in city government. From the Plan Commission to the Board of Health to our new Beautification Committee, and many more, our dozens of board and commission members give their time and talent to guide South Milwaukee’s future.
The work of these people and organizations, and many more I haven’t listed here, is a big reason why I’m so excited about our promising future. We are all in this together, and we need each and every one of our volunteers to make our city a better place.
During this holiday season, as we celebrate with family and friends and at all the terrific events you can read about in this Guide, let’s recognize their work. Let’s say thanks. They deserve it.